Child Care


Focus area: GINA a single mother living in poverty.

Quality child care helps to improve affordability, quality and accessibility of child care available for low-income households - a leverage point in removing roadblocks to poverty. 


Investment: Research Foundation of the City University of New York | $65,000

Program: QUALITYstarsNY

QUALITYstarsNY is New York State's quality improvement and rating system for early childhood programs. It is designed to recognize programs that demonstrate quality above and beyond meeting New York's strong regulatory standards. QUALITYstarsNY helps to improve program quality by making assessments that are research-based and then providing supports such as technical assistance and professional development in line with a quality improvement plan. The quality of participating programs are measured at five levels - One-Star to Five-Stars - and are communicated to the public to support families in their search for early childhood services. The Research Foundation of CUNY, supported the QUALITYstarsNY initiative's progress, monitored and analyzed the data implementation on a statewide effort.


What is our Impact?

  • Increased the number of child care sites participating from 20 to 58
  • Manage program provider's participation: independent observations conducted using best-practice tools
  • 88% of providers are on target with their quality improvement plans
  • Continue to educate the community about program
  • Established a leadership learning community for others to continue to improve and to learn from each other.


Did You Know...

  • In Erie County child care subsidies were allotted to 5,916 children per month although there are nearly 13,000 children under the age of five living in poverty according to the most recent Census.  Even for those eligible for subsidies, child care costs can be cost-prohibitive.
  • Child care costs in WNY are amongst the highest in the nation averaging between $9,200 and $10,700 per child/year in Erie.
  • Only 1% of local child care providers have achieved national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children - a marker of high quality.


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